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Should snowmobiles be banned in US national parks?

Background and context

Snowmobiles are widely used in many US national parks where snow falls in the winter. Yet, with the popularity of the sport growing, particularly in parks such as Yellowstone, questions have arisen regarding the environmental impacts as well as noise pollution. Is this recreational activity legitimate, or should it be banned? See the below article for more background.

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Parks mission: Are the national parks for preservation or enjoyment?

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  • National parks are for people to enjoy; snowmobiling qualifies.
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Noise pollution: Do snowmobiles cause noise pollution?

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Yes

  • Snowmobiles cause noise pollution.


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No

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Air pollution: Do snowmobiles cause significant air pollution?

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Yes

  • Snowmobiles cause air pollution.


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No

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Flora/Fauna: Does snowmobiling have adverse effects on flora and fauna?

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Yes

  • Snowmobiles have adverse effects on flora and fauna.


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No

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Bison migrations: Does snowmobiling have harmful effects on bison migrations?

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Yes


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No

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